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Working Arrangements and Conditions
Statistics and Data Sources
 


KEY STATISTICS AND DATA SOURCES

The ABS conducts a number of household and business surveys that are relevant to those interested in working arrangements and conditions in Australia. The most commonly used estimates of working arrangements and conditions are available in the Forms of Employment Survey and the Survey of Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation.

Forms of Employment (annual)
The Forms of Employment Survey collections information about different types of employment arrangements (e.g. contract work, casual employment and leave entitlements) and employment characteristics such as hours worked, industry and occupation. Data can be cross-classified by a number of demographic and labour force characteristics.
Summary results are published in Forms of Employment, Australia (cat. no. 6359.0).
Microdata are available in a Confidentialised Unit Record File (cat. no. 6202.0.30.007).

Survey of Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation (six-yearly)
The Survey of Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation collects detailed information about the diversity of employment arrangements in Australia, as well as the characteristics of retirement and the superannuation coverage of individuals. Data can be cross-classified by a number of demographic and labour force characteristics. The survey was most recently conducted in 2007.
Summary results are published in Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation, Australia (cat. no. 6361.0).
Microdata are available in a Confidentialised Unit Record File (cat. no. 6361.0.55.001).

Working Time Arrangements Survey (three-yearly)
The Working Time Arrangements survey collects Information about the working arrangements of employees, such as shift work extra hours or overtime, start and finish times in their main job and patterns of employees' work in all jobs. The data can be cross-classified by hours worked, industry and occupation, and demographic characteristics.
Summary results are published in Working Time Arrangements, Australia (cat. no. 6342.0).

Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (two-yearly)
The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours collects information on the composition and distribution of earnings and hours paid for, of employees, as well as information on how employees' pay is set - by award only, collective agreement or individual arrangement.
Summary results are published in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia (cat. no. 6306.0).
Microdata are available in a Confidentialised Unit Record File (cat. no. 6306.0.55.001).


OTHER STATISTICS AND DATA SOURCES

Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership survey (annual)
The Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership survey collects information about employees' weekly earnings of employees, leave entitlements, core employment benefits and trade union membership. Data can be cross classified by state, sex, age, marital status, birthplace, and by labour force characteristics such as industry and occupation of main job.
Summary results published in Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia (cat. no. 6310.0).
Microdata are available in Confidentialised Unit Record File (cat. no. 6202.0.30.007).

Pregnancy and Employment Transitions Survey (six-yearly)
The Pregnancy and Employment Transitions Survey collects information on the employment experiences and leave taken of women with children under the age of 2 years, including some aspects of women's working experiences while pregnant and after returning to work. The data can be cross-classified by income, industry, occupation and demographic characteristics.
Summary results are published in Pregnancy and Employment Transitions, Australia (cat. no. 4913.0).
Microdata are available in a Confidentialised Unit Record File (cat. no. 4913.0.55.001).

Underemployed Workers Survey (annual)
The Underemployed Workers Survey collects information about workers who are not fully employed, i.e. part-time workers who indicate that they would prefer to work more hours, and full-time workers who did not work full-time hours in the reference period for economic reasons. Data are available on number of hours usually worked, number of preferred hours, steps taken to find work with more hours and difficulties finding work with more hours.
Summary results published in Underemployed Workers, Australia (cat. no. 6265.0).

Locations of Work Survey (irregular)
The Locations of Work Survey collects information about the locations in which people work (such as their own home or employer's premises) and the job characteristics and working arrangements of people who work at home. The survey has a particular focus on people who usually worked more hours at home than elsewhere in their main or second job or business.
Summary results are published in Locations of Work (cat. no. 6275.0).

Census of Population and Housing (five-yearly)
The Census of Population and Housing is the largest statistical collection run by the ABS. Run every five years, it is the only collection that provides a detailed picture of the entire population. Data for actual hours worked is available for small geographic areas and population groups.
Census data can be accessed from the Census web page.




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